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Gaza genocide and terrorism in Syria

Because I know so many of the people in that very small Strip, through my cumulative about 3 years there, I can’t stop myself from scouring the latest death toll updates to see if any of the families, farmers, medics, resistance I knew are among the martyred.

At the same time, I worry about new friends in Syria who–while Syria seems to have mysteriously fallen from the corporate media–still suffer from the terrorism of armed groups which shoot their mortars (filled with hundreds of jagged metal pieces, glass) on residential areas, on schools. Yesterday, a friend in Damascus updated me on the latest attacks, 9 shells on the city, which killed three civilians and injured (remember the jagged bits of metal and glass…) at least 20 [Sana reports on the mortars in Damascus and throughout Syria yesterday]. The same friend days earlier sent photos of minor damage to his home, not on ground level. Although like Palestinians, Syrians are taking this in stride, they are nonetheless, like Palestinians, living under terrorism.

Then there are the random, deadly car-bombings every now and then. And of course the presence of the despicable ISIS and their ilk, still be-heading Syrians who don’t live up to their fabricated version of religion, flogging others, be-handing others…This is all still going on, even though the corporate media does not deign to highlight these crimes.

I am grateful that more and more the reality of the Gaza genocide is getting told truthfully, with elements of truth even in some of the corporate media.

But, while there is supposedly a 72 hour ceasefire in place, without intending to be a sour pessimist, I have to say I’m waiting for the Zionists to violate it as they always do (see: Israeli Ceasefire Violations in Gaza and World Silence  and   Israel, not Hamas, is the serial truce-breaker, for examples, as well as my own experiences post 2009 massacre and 10 minutes into the ceasefire after the Nov 2012 massacre, as well as repeated violations in the days after, against farmers and against fishers).

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Articles:

Gaza truce enters second day as Israel and Palestine prepare for talks

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Israel’s illegitimate, terrorist and criminal violence against Palestinians:

“Israel says it’s pummelling Gaza, killing civilians, and destroying civilian infrastructure to destroy tunnels the Palestinian resistance could use to kill or kidnap civilians. But how many times has the Palestinian resistance emerged from tunnels to kidnap or kill civilians? None. And how many Israeli civilians were killed by rocket fire in the year and half before Operation Protective Edge? Zero.

The use of violence by the Palestinian resistance against Israel is legitimate.
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ny times forced to report a degree of truth on “Israel” genocide of Gaza…but still spin the reality

“U.N. School Struck on July 30″
An Aug 4 NY Times piece–while with many flaws–actually reported that there was no legitimate reason for the Zionists to have bombed a Jabailya UN school in which Palestinian internally-displaced were attempting to shelter.
The headline, intentionally vague and downplayed (“Questions of Weapons and Warnings in Past Barrage on a Gaza Shelter”) should have been something like: “No Weapons in UN School Sheltering Palestinian Refugees–Many Refugees From 1948 Ethnic Cleansing–Bombed by Genocidal Racists, Killing At Least 21 Palestinian Civilians”
Okay, that’s a bit long, but the point being eliminate “questions” and “warnings” and “past barrage”…what the hell is that? At least the feeble puppet Ban Ki Moon uttered “reprehensible” and “a moral outrage and a criminal act” and “This madness must stop…” (and then continued to do nothing, as is the purpose of the UN).
Not one of the 7 photos posted in the NY T piece shows any Palestinian loss of life, any of the mutilated, murdered. You can bet that were this an “Israeli” school those images would be present, front page, for days, if not more. It has nothing to do with censoring graphic images and EVERYTHING to do with censoring the truth of what Palestinians are enduring.
So here are the glimpses of truth the article does provide, verbally at least…:
“The Jabaliya strike has already opened Israel to a new level of global scrutiny. International criticism ratcheted up another notch on Sunday after a missile the Israelis say was meant for three militants on a motorcycle also killed people waiting in line for food outside a United Nations school in Rafah that had been turned into a shelter.
Though Israeli military leaders have declared definitively that no United Nations facility was targeted, Rafah was the sixth shelter struck during the operation. Such strikes have renewed sharp questions about the tactics Israel uses in dense neighborhoods and, especially, near shelters that are supposed to provide refuge to people who follow Israel’s own orders to leave areas of fierce fighting.”
But, as per corp media norm, they use “militants” instead of “resistance” (which they have the legal right to do. RESIST), “war” instead of “massacre, genocide, extermination” (the latter favoured in “Israeli” parlance).
A few more quotes from the article that verges on slightly telling the truth… but is still riddled intentionally misleading phrases like “The continuing war makes it impossible to determine exactly what happened that morning in Jabaliya”  and “The Israeli general who heads a committee charged with investigating the civilian impact of ground operations” (as IF the Zionists are going to investigate; their stated intent is EXTERMINATION=GENOCIDE)
“Though Israeli military leaders have declared definitively that no United Nations facility was targeted, Rafah was the sixth shelter struck during the operation. Such strikes have renewed sharp questions about the tactics Israel uses in dense neighborhoods and, especially, near shelters that are supposed to provide refuge to people who follow Israel’s own orders to leave areas of fierce fighting.
…Artillery is a “statistics weapon,” not a “precision weapon,” experts said, generally fired from up to 25 miles away and considered effective if it hits within 50 yards of its target.

“Heavy artillery shelling into a populated area would be inherently indiscriminate…You just can’t aim that weapon precisely enough in that environment because it’s so destructive.”

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While news-scouring, came across this Mondoweiss criticism of the same article, and was going to share it here. But they took the HRW and co approach of saying “Not that one should support Hamas rocket fire”…
So i cannot, in good conscience, share the article, nor anything more from them. Pity, because they raise many good points about the imbalance of the situation. But to deny any oppressed people their right to resist, whether or not their resistance is effective, is not solidarity, and is condescending.

open calls for Genocide, hospitals destroyed,shut down… ‘israel’ is ‘defending’ its intent to genocide

Electronic Intifada: “Concentrate” and “exterminate”: Israel parliament deputy speaker’s Gaza genocide plan:

“Moshe Feiglin, the deputy speaker of the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, has published a plan for the total destruction of the Palestinian people in Gaza.

His detailed plan, which calls for the use of concentration camps, amounts to direct and public incitement to genocide – a punishable crime under the Genocide Convention.

In a 1 August posting on his Facebook page, Feiglin, a member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ruling Likud Party, calls for the “conquest of the entire Gaza Strip, and annihilation of all fighting forces and their supporters.”

“This is our country – our country exclusively,” he writes, “including Gaza.”

Citizens and public authorities around the world should attempt to have Feiglin arrested and prosecuted under the Genocide Convention for his statements, should he set foot in their territories.

His abominable plan comes as the death toll from Israel’s ongoing slaughter in Gaza reaches 1,752 people, including ten persons killed on Sunday morning when Israel once again bombed a United Nations-run school being used as a shelter, this time in the southern town of Rafah.

Feiglin, like his Knesset colleague Ayelet Shaked, has previously made genocidal statements, but these are perhaps his most specific and explicit.

Calling for mass extermination and ethnic cleansing, Feiglin now urges Netanyahu to “turn Gaza into Jaffa, a flourishing Israeli city with a minimum number of hostile civilians.”

Feiglin writes that the Israeli army must “designate certain open areas on the Sinai border, adjacent to the sea, in which the civilian population will be concentrated, far from the built-up areas that are used for launches and tunneling. In these areas, tent encampments will be established, until relevant emigration destinations are determined.”

“Tent encampments,” where the Palestinian civilian population would be “concentrated,” are simply concentration camps.

“The supply of electricity and water to the formerly populated areas will be disconnected,” he adds.

He then calls for the “formerly populated areas” to be “shelled with maximum fire power. The entire civilian and military infrastructure of Hamas, its means of communication and of logistics, will be destroyed entirely, down to their foundations.”

The Israeli army would then “exterminate nests of resistance, in the event that any should remain.”

Feiglin’s plan has clear genocidal intent in at least two respects: he denies that the Palestinian people exist and he defines Palestinians collectively as an enemy and target because of their religion:

“There are no two states, and there are no two peoples. There is only one state for one people.”

“The strategic enemy is extremist Arab Islam in all its varieties, from Iran to Gaza, which seeks to annihilate Israel in its entirety.””

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IMEU: FAQ: Misperceptions about the Conflict in Gaza

Excerpts from a very useful discussion on the ‘Israeli’ massacre of Gaza and its lead-up, inevitability, criminality, from the IMEU:

“As soon as the Palestinian Authority national unity government was announced in April, Israel set its sights on destroying it.  It did so by first pressing for the government’s isolation and, when that failed, it used the deaths of three Israelis (kidnapped in an area of the West Bank that is entirely under Israel’s control) to demonize Hamas in the Gaza Strip.  Within 18 days of the Israelis going missing, Israel arrested hundreds of Palestinians in the West Bank including 11 Parliamentarians and 59 former prisoners who were released in a prisoner exchange three years ago.  These people were arrested without any proof that these individuals were in any way involved in the deaths of the three Israelis.  In addition, Israel killed 10 Palestinians, including three children in the West Bank and demolished three houses.  Israel launched air raids on the Gaza Strip, as documented by the UN, killing two, including a 10-year-old child.  This happened before a single Hamas rocket was fired from Gaza.  When Israel failed to break up the unity government diplomatically, it turned to a brutal military attack.”

 “Israel instrumentalized the tragic deaths of three Israeli youths, abducted and killed on June 12, to attack Hamas in the West Bank and disrupt Palestinian national reconciliation – a goal it had failed to achieve diplomatically. Israel arrested more than 400, searched 2,200 homes and other sites, and killed at least nine Palestinians in the process. We now know that Israel concealed evidence the youths were killed virtually immediately after abduction, and incited Israeli public opinion to a frenzy, directly leading to the brutal immolation of Muhammad Abu Khdeir. These cynical acts led to the escalation of violence along the Gaza border.”
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“Israelis” calling for genocide

Mahdi Nazemroaya noted:

“People need to listen to Israeli Hebrew-speaking media and read Haaretz. Listen to what most Israeli officials and politicians are saying. They are openly talking abut genocide, killing all Arabs, and even raping Palestinian women systematically…

The current state of Israel is not the real Israel and has nothing to do with the Torah or Judaism and most the current Israelis are not the descendants of the Israelites of the past — let alone Semites —- or even practicing Judaism.

There is also major media censorship about the tens of thousands of practicing Jews that have held marches in opposition to Israel and who refuse to recognize this “Israel” as a Jewish State. Why is this not being reported? Because it would make people question the claims of this “Israel” and the religious criteria it presents for its justification.
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on Anthony Bourdain’s Palestine trip

not specific to Gaza, but an excellent article on speaking truth about Palestinians’ humanity and oppression:

Anthony Bourdain, Will You Marry Me?

Posted on September 16, 2013

Something amazing happened on CNN last night. Palestinians were portrayed as human beings.

In his show “Parts Unknown,” Anthony Bourdain travels to exotic and controversial locales to examine the intersection of food, politics, and everyday life. Last night, he visited Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza.

He was immediately mesmerized by Palestine, which is a common phenomenon. It is an amazing place, where the gravity of the history and spirituality is heavy in the air. It feels majestic. But something is a little off. Bourdain felt the splendor, but, as he said, “Then you see the young draftees (teenage Israeli soldiers holding machine guns) in the streets, and you start to get the idea.”

He began his journey with an Israeli chef and author, Yotam. They started by tasting some falafel in Jerusalem’s Old City. Yotam told the audience, in a stunning admission, “Israelis made falafel their own, and everybody in the world thinks falafel is Israeli, but in actual fact, it is as much Palestinian, even more so, because it’s been done for generations here… The question of food appropriation is massive here.”

Now if they could only say the same thing about the land, the houses, and the air, we might be able to get somewhere.

Bourdain then made his way into the West Bank. And on his way to visit a settlement, he said something that Americans never hear on TV:

In 2003, Israel began construction on a wall along the green line representing the Israeli-Palestinian border. The wall now stretches 450 miles. When completed, it will span 700 miles, 85% of it in Palestinian territory… Since 1967, 500,000 Israeli settlers have moved into the West Bank, all in contravention of international law, many in contravention of Israeli law, though in effect it seems to make little difference, they’re here and in ever larger numbers.

Anthony, you will be hearing from certain individuals and organizations in the coming days. They will be upset. They’ve been trying to keep this stuff a secret.

Before he got to the settlement, he noticed some Hebrew graffiti on a Palestinian house in a neighboring village. His driver translated it for him: “Death to Arabs.”  CONTINUE READING